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Dear participants and guests,

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2017 Cyprus Rally. The Cyprus Rally will be held for the 46th time, and for decades, it has thrilled both fans and competitors and it shall do so once again! With all our experience, we know exactly what it takes to make a successful rally, and we've gone all out this year to ensure that this will be repeated.

Our rally will be held on a mixed surface (dirt and tarmac), something which was pioneered by our rally back in 2009. The main difference between this year’s Cyprus Rally and last year’s is that the event has been transferred from its October slot to mid-June. This, of course, opens up a plethora of opportunities for you, your teams and all the spectators to enjoy Cyprus during its best days of the year with plenty of sea, sunshine and relaxation for everyone.  Like last year, the HQ will be based at  the Filoxenia Conference Centre, while the Service Park will be situated on Evangelos Florakis street in Nicosia, right next to the Police Headquarters. Our capital perfectly combines the old with the new with a plethora of historically important sites but also the rich nightlife of a modern city.

The Ceremonial Start will be held on Friday evening on the beachfront of Foinikoudes in Larnaca with the action running on Saturday and Sunday. Nicosia will host the CNP AFALISTIKI Super Special Stage once again. This year the stage will be run not just once, but twice! On Sunday, the remaining crews will have the chance of claiming the cash prizes on offer through the Golden Stage which will be the final two stages of the rally. This year’s Ceremonial Finish will take place at the port of the tourist resort city of Ayia Napa that bustles with life during the summer days.

I welcome you to our island and eagerly await to meet you all on the beachfront of Larnaca on Friday the 16th of June.

 

Nayia Kontopoulou

Clerk of the Course